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Former Broward GOP chairman endorses Hillary Clinton



The Miami Herald's Amy Sherman reports:

A former Broward GOP chair who says Donald Trump is “sexist, bigoted” and “not stable” has endorsedHillary Clinton.

Cindy Guerra said that she felt the Republican Party gave her no choice but to endorse Clinton. Guerra, whose parents are from Cuba, was the first Cuban American to lead the Broward Republican Executive Committee, an unpaid position she held in 2010.

“I cannot see a President Trump. To me it’s a matter of country over party -- as cheesy and goofy as that sounds -- it’s true,” she told the Miami Herald. “Trump is not fit to be president. I don’t think he has the demeanor. I think he is sexist, bigoted and narcissistic and uninformed. He is not stable.”

Guerra said that Trump made comments about women and Hispanics and mocking a disabled reportershowing that he isn’t fit to be president.

Those comments included when Trump said a judge of Mexican descent had "an absolute conflict" in presiding over the Trump University litigation.

“To say that about a judge is absolutely absurd,” said Guerra, who is a lawyer.

Among the comments she also cited as “reprehensible” was Trump’s answer to a reporter’s question about what his daughter Ivanka should do if sexually harassed at work: “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case,” he said.

Guerra also said she was offended when Trump said that U.S. Sen. John McCain was “not a war hero”because he was captured.

“No matter where you stand, the man is an American hero,” she said.

A 50-year-old lifelong Republican, Guerra said she has never endorsed a Democrat. She said she registered with the GOP when she turned 18 and the first campaign she worked on was when Ronald Reagan ran for president in 1984. She will remain a registered Republican and plans to vote for Marco Rubio’s re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Guerra was the Regional Deputy Attorney General in Florida from 2007-2012 under Bill McCollum andPam Bondi.

Guerra said that she had been vocal about her criticisms of Trump and that the Clinton campaign had gotten wind of it. She said that she won’t fundraise for Clinton but has endorsed her and will vote for her.

“To me do I think Hillary Clinton is my perfect candidate? No -- I supported Jeb Bush,” she said. However, “I sure think she is a whole heck of a lot better than Trump. She is safer than Trump, she is stable. With Trump you don’t know what he is going to do, he doesn’t take counsel well. He scares me. Do I wish I was voting for a Republican? Of course I do but the Republican Party has given me no choice.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 8:34am]


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